FOR SALE – L19K Yukon Yellow ’67 Vert

Just listed  here at 1967beetle.com for The Last Detail. We have an amazing L19K Yukon Yellow ’67 Vert. What more do I need to say? Someone buy this car before it ends up in my garage.

“Just finished in its original color of Yukon Yellow, the exterior of this Beetle is near flawless. The yellow paint is deep and accurate and contrasts well against the black convertible top and interior. This car also features fender skirts which add a touch of class to our Beetle. The interior features updated seats from a ’68 model along with a push button AM/FM radio.

The detailed engine compartment highlights the new for 67 1500cc engine that produces 53 horsepower and 78 pounds of torque. 1967 saw several other upgrades for performance on the Beetle including a larger clutch disc and stronger flywheel, better brakes, stronger rear axle, and a new for 67 12 volt electrical system. Our particular Beetle also has been thoroughly restored and runs like a top. It starts easily and drives effortlessly and the proof is in the details, just pop the engine hatch and see!

This VW Beetle is a truly unique collectible that is a pleasure to both drive and show and 1967 is the year that all the collectors are after. Having just completed a thorough TLD detail, this car must be seen to be truly appreciated! Please stop by our showroom and see how nice this 67 Beetle really is, down to the last detail.”

Status: FOR SALE
Mileage: 41,617 miles
Location: Chicago, IL
Price: $31,900
Contact: 847.716.7331

FOR SALE – L282 Yukon Yellow ’67 Vert

FOR SALE – L282 Lotus White Euro ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE – L282 Lotus White Euro ’67 Beetle
Just listed  here at 1967beetle.com for good friend Chris Vallone. This is a bit more rare L282 Lotus White Euro ’67 Beetle, just waiting for someone to hop in, turn the key and enjoy.

Info from Chris.

“This awesome 1967 VW just recently came into our shop. I actually found this car in Hawaii and had it shipped here. I wanted this car was because it is a “Euro” 1967 Beetle. US ’67 beetles can be found here in the states, but a Euro is probably as rare as getting an Oval Window Bug here in this part of the world. Euro ’67s still kept the early style front headlights.”

Status: FOR SALE
Mileage: 21,000 miles
Location: Congers, NY
Price: Taking offers
Contact: 845.290.9900

SOLD – L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE – L620 Savanna Beige ’67 BeetleJust listed for sale here at 1967beetle.com. This is a 100% original L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle, just waiting for someone to take it home. It does not get much better than this.
Info from the seller.

“This is a completely original 1967 Beetle that has been in dry storage. It was last registered in 1977. The car is 100% original; no re-paints, motor changes etc. The car is very solid. The floors are solid. I have shown a couple of spots on the floor where it looks darker- that’s the original still shiny black factory paint. I have owned this car and kept it dry and original for 37 years.

If you have been looking for a truly original bug, this is your chance. I will not re list it if it does not hit the reserve. The car currently does not have a registration. Before 1973 in New York State, ownership was transferred by registration. The car is sold as is with no warranty. I have described the vehicle to the best of my ability. Pre-sale inspections welcome. I have original rust free body panels and other parts for the car that can be sold if the buyer is interested. Thank you. Delivery possible.”

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 67,954 miles
Location: Ithica, NY
Price: Bidding on eBay
Contact: Bidding on eBay

FOR SALE – L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Bernard Helman’s ’67 Beetle

 Bernard Helman's '67 Beetle

Huge kudos to my very good friend Jay Salser for his editing on this article. It was crafted by Bernard Helman in his own words. Our growth has been amazing, and the fact that these great cars keep surfacing.. Slowly, we’re connecting ’67 owners globally.
-Eric Shoemaker

This 67 convertible is mine since 1987. It was a secondhand car in a very good looking condition, matching numbers.

My daily driver was a 68 Chinchilla gray 1500 bug and I wanted a summer car. This convertible beetle was the car I wanted because It was looking like my 68 and was red. A few dollars for the seller and the vert was mine.

As the headlights where in a bad condition, I went with the VIN number at the local VAG garage for a new pair. At my surprise, they told me that according to my VIN the headlights must be oval. In fact, the whole car had been upgraded in the 70’s when the big bumper beetles were more valuable than the older models. The typical front and rear 67 parts (front hood and rear decklid) had been changed with parts from an orange big bumper car. The left door was from a blue super beetle, the dash knobs were a mix of 67 and older models. All the rest was 67.

In 1988, the car was restored to the old VW look, the floorpans and front wings changed. A copy of a 67 vert rear deckled was fabricated. As I couldn’t find back than a decent 67 front hood, I installed one from an older car. The heather channels are still original and in good condition.

According to the birth certificate, my car is from November 66, ruby red with black interior and black roof. It has disc brakes, 4 lug wheels, dual brake system and the 12V option. Originally destined for export and according to the certificate, for Norway, the car was sold in Belgium.

Buying Your Dream Vintage Volkswagen

Buying Your Dream Vintage VolkswagenIf you have been reading 1967beetle.com for a while, you probably have seen my article entitled: Buying Strategies.

While I definitely will touch on points which I used in that article, the focus of this article is different. I’m going to chasten sellers but at the same time not let buyers off the hook.

Things in the World of Vintage Volkswagens are heating rapidly. Prices of vehicles are rising steadily. As I have said before, the day of a running, driving VW for $500 or even a thousand dollars is over! Forgive that rare case, of course.

A decent vehicle that doesn’t take complete restoration to get it going is going to cost $6500 to $8500. I had to give up my idyllic world of cheap Beetles a few years ago. I consider myself a “veteran” VW buyer, having bought and sold scores of them over the years. In all conditions for all sorts of reasons. I could ferret them from backyards, garages—anywhere that owners had parked them. It was easy. Had I more money at the time and more space, I would have bought hundreds. But, that wasn’t the case.

Now, I drool when someone comes up with a decent Beetle for $3000. Wow! How did I miss that one?!

Okay…let’s examine a specific case. Eric and I field lots of buying questions but many people who come to us already have purchased a car which they hope will be the car of their dreams!

Let’s call him Bill. Bill and Eric and I conferred after the fact. Bill had purchased a Convertible 1967 Beetle. He contacted us when he noticed an anomaly—a simple thing at first, but as the story played out—a travesty! Bill gave permission for us to use his story in hopes that it will help others to avoid what happened to him.

Bill used a well-known VW WebSite to search for his dream car. He eventually discovered a 1967 Beetle Convertible in California. The seller sent multiple photos for Bill to see. When all questions had been asked, the deal was sealed, money crossed palms and the car was shipped across the Nation to its destination.

While cleaning the project Convertible, Bill discovered that someone had installed a ’68 and later shift lever. Wanting his ‘Vert to be original, Bill found a stock shifter Online and set about to install it. To his surprise, the stock, year-correct shift lever would not fit. ’67 and earlier shift levers have a pin on the “ball” which fits into the “cup” of the shift rod in the tunnel. The cup had no notch for the pin! What???

That’s when Bill talked to Eric and me. Questions began to pour from us. What’s the VIN beneath the rear seat? Does it jibe with the tag behind the spare tire? Are the wheels 4 lug or 5 lug? And on and on.

Bill’s answers elicited further questions. The picture began to come into focus. It came to a head when Bill closely examined the VIN beneath the rear seat and discovered that it was a little crooked. Upon further examination, he could see that it had been grafted into the chassis. Not only so—the original VIN that had been cut and removed was pushed beneath the heater tube on the driver’s side. It read: 118xxxxxx The chassis is from a ’68 Beetle!

Then, Bill began to compare photos which the seller had sent to him. The seller’s photo of the VIN showed it to be in good condition. Yet, when Bill received delivery of the car, he found the sound deadening material surrounding the VIN to be melted.

And…the aluminum VIN tag behind the spare tire was missing.